Despite being generally satisfied with the state of his administration, President Donald Trump hinted over the weekend that he could make big staffing changes after November’s election.
Asked if Defense Secretary Mark Esper’s job is at risk, President Donald Trump announced to reporters Saturday that he’d consider “firing everybody” if re-elected, Breitbart reported.
“I consider firing everybody,” the president said, according to Breitbart. “At some point, that’s what happens.”
New term, new team?
According to Breitbart, Trump said Saturday that overall, he has “a very good Cabinet, with few exceptions.”
“I wouldn’t say I’m thrilled with everybody, frankly, but overall, I think we have a very good cabinet,” Trump added, according to The Hill.
Asked directly about Esper, Trump brought up a nickname for the Defense secretary, who has served in the role for a little more than a year now. “Did you say Mark Yesper? No, I get along with him, he’s fine,” Trump said, according to Breitbart.
But it seems as far as the president is concerned, no one’s job is truly safe.
“It’s my understanding that if we win, the president will ask for the resignation of everybody and bring back the people he wants,” Trump said during Saturday’s talk with reporters, according to The Hill. “That’s happened before and I can see something like that happening.”
If Trump does decide to choose an entirely new Cabinet in his second term, it likely would come as a treat to conservatives, who have noticed that Trump’s White House has long been dogged by seemingly unnecessary controversy — and unprecedented leaks. The president already has enough opponents on the outside; he could certainly do without extra problems from his closest advisers.
Indeed, whether the Cabinet has been the source of the problem or not, Trump would do well to wipe his slate clean and only reappoint officials he knows he can trust. One can only hope American voters give him the chance to do just that.
Take a look at the president’s Saturday remarks, courtesy of The Hill:
Q: “Have you considered firing [Esper], Mr. President?”
Trump: “I consider firing everybody.” pic.twitter.com/WaEjH0mjJm
— The Hill (@thehill) August 15, 2020